“Los Jets” premiered on NUVOtv on July 16. It continues Wednesdays at 10 p.m. for a total of six episodes.
When UNC journalism professor Paul Cuadros moved to North Carolina in 1999 to write about the Latino migration in the South, he never expected that he would form and then coach a high school state championship soccer team. He did, though, and then he wrote about the experience in his 2006 book “A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America.”
Now, the book has become a springboard for a six-part television documentary series called “Los Jets.” As the coach for the past 13 seasons of the Siler City, N.C., high school team, Cuadros has a starring role in the production.
The documentary, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and Lynda Lopez, follows Cuadros and the players, all sons of Latino immigrants, through their 2013 fall soccer season. As much as the documentary looks at soccer, it also explores Cuadros’ life as well as the personal success and struggle the boys and their families face as immigrants.
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